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NCAAB: NC State placed on probation, avoids postseason ban

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While violations were confirmed in an investigation of the North Carolina State men’s basketball program, punishment revealed Monday will not include a postseason ban.

The Independent Accountability Resolution Process determined in its findings released Monday that numerous recruiting violations occurred, recruits were given extra benefits and former head coach Mark Gottfried was negligent in monitoring his coaching staff.

The investigation stemmed from a broader issue across the men’s basketball landscape where money was being funneled to the families of recruits through various college programs.

NC State’s case involved assistant coach Orlando Early helping to facilitate a $40,000 payment in 2015 from Adidas to the family of recruit Dennis Smith Jr., now a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. The NCAA notified NC State of the allegations in 2019.

Gottfried was given a one-year show-cause order, while Early was handed a six-year show-cause order.

Penalties for the Wolfpack program also included a self-imposed fine of $5,000 plus 0.5 percent of its men’s basketball budget from this year. The program also lost one scholarship for the 2021-22 season, was placed on one-year probation and lost select recruiting privileges.

The IARP’s decision is final with no appeal process available.

Gottfried is in his fourth season as coach at Cal State Northridge, but was placed on paid administrative leave this season, along with his staff.

ESPN reported that five other cases are being looked into by the IARP, involving the men’s basketball programs at Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis and LSU.

–Field Level Media

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